Google Head Of Business Joins Spotify’s Board [Report]

    July 21, 2014
    Chris Crum
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Google announced last week that Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora was stepping down. His replacement is Omid Kordestani, who was the company’s business founder and led Google’s sales team for many years.

Google would not speak about the transition on its earnings call, specifically telling analysts not to ask about it, but the company implied Kordestani is an interim replacement.

Either way, Kara Swisher reports that Kordestani just became part of Spotify’s Board of Directors, which is interesting, considering that Google recently moved to start competing directly with Spotify with its Google Music All Access offering. The company is also readying a YouTube subscription music service.

More interesting still is that, again, according to Swisher, former Googler Shishir Mehrotra is to become a special adviser to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek.

Google also added its own new board member last week in former Ford Motor Company president and CEO Alan Mulally.

Apple, one of Google’s chief rivals, also announced last week that it has replaced the retired Bill Campbell with with Sue Wagner on its board.

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